She’s used to summoning supernatural creatures from the demon realm to our world, but now the tables have been turned and she’s the one who’s been summoned. Kara is the prisoner of yet another demonic lord, but she quickly discovers that she’s far more than a mere hostage. Yet waiting for rescue has never been her style, and Kara has no intention of being a pawn in someone else’s game.
There’s intrigue to spare as she digs into the origin of the demonic lords and discovers the machinations of humans and demons alike. Kara is shocked to discover that she has her own history in the demon realm, and that the ties between her and the demonic lords Rhyzkahl and Szerain go back farther than she could have ever imagined. But treachery runs rampant among all the lords, and she’s going to have to stay sharp in order to keep from being used to further their own agendas. The lords have a secret that dates back to earth’s ancient history, and it could have devastating repercussions for both worlds.
Yet more than anything else, Kara’s abilities as a homicide detective will be put to the test—because this time the murder she has to solve is her own.
It’s no secret that Diana Rowland is one of my favorite authors. This took root even before she released the White Trash Zombie series. So I will try and provide some reasoning behind my review without spoiling too much. Just keep in mind that if she were to write a mash-up of a textbook outlining the life and reproduction of fungal spores and the greater New Orleans telephone directory, I would likely still read it. Twice. (Diana, if you are reading this, that was NOT a challenge!)
That said, this is by far the largest of the books in the series. A full 440 pages of story. Well and beyond the norm for this genre. I even went so far as to accuse her of getting training from Stephen King or George R.R. Martin. Actually thinking back it might have been Rothfuss – gotta give props to the prolific local author. That said, her excuse was 100% correct. There really was just that much story to tell.
For me, I found myself questioning a lot of the arcane information being flung at us. It seemed odd that our main character summoner knew so little about this. The further along in the book I got though, the more it made sense. She was trained to summon demons. Period. There was no other aspect of the arcane other than the wards that were just extensions of the summoning process. In short, within this book (starting off at the cliffhanger ending of the last book) you will find there really is more in Heaven and Earth than can be explained in our science.
Right around chapter 18 is when all the proverbial shit hits the fan like an OCD monkey with an oscillating unit. And a fan too. By that point, your mind should likely be reeling as much as Kara’s is. Well, maybe not quite that much. But damned close.
While drastically different than any one of the books in this series, it is by far the one most packed with story and evolution. A perffect change of pace, upping the conflict and mystery in one fell swoop. It will leave you chomping at the bit for the next one. You’ll have to find out for yourself if there is a cliffhanger at the end of this one or not. Though contrary to everything I had been saying on Twitter the last couple of weeks, Angel Crawford does not make a cameo in the book and there isn’t a reyza based on Felicia Day. Though I have a sneaking suspicion there will be one based on Ron Pearlman in the near future.
I’ll give it four and a half cupcakes out of five. Spicy Demon Lord Cupcakes, of course.